Awards/Honors

Some of the many awards and honors received during Judge Smith-Ribner’s years of public service include:

Citation from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House of Representatives:
“…Now therefore, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania extends its heartfelt gratitude to the Honorable Doris A. Smith-Ribner for dutifully upholding the laws of this Commonwealth; affirmatively states that she stands as a role model truly worthy of emulation; offers best wishes for the continuation of her many worthwhile and beneficial endeavors”: (2012)

Lifetime Achievement Award from National Congress of Black Women, Delaware County Chapter:
“In recognition of your unwavering service, commitment and dedication to our local, state and national communities”: (2012)

The Thaddeus Stevens Award from Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia:
“Your extraordinary work to improve the quality of public education in our region has significantly advanced equality, fair treatment and justice for Pennsylvania’s children”: (2010)

Resolution from Council of the City of Philadelphia:
“,,,Resolved, That the Philadelphia City Council Hereby Honors and Congratulates Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner upon Receiving the Thaddeus Stevens Award Recognizing her Work to Provide Equal Educational Opportunity to All Students in the School District of Philadelphia”: (2010)

The President’s Award from Latin American Cultural Exchange Organization at Graterford:
“Your exemplary Career of Service to the People of Philadelphia Is a Lasting Testimony to the Important Contribution of Public Servants”: (2010)

Women’s Movers and Shakers Award from American Women’s Heritage Society et al.:
“In recognition of her continuous commitment and contribution to her community and in celebration of Women’s History Month”: (2007)

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree conferred by Widener University to Judge Smith-Ribner; Keynote Speaker, Widener University School of Law Commencement: (2003)

Chairperson’s Award from National Bar Association Judicial Council:
“For Distinguished Service to the Judicial Council-30th Anniversary”: (2001)

Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Pittsburgh Alumni Society: (1999)

Drum Major for Social Justice Award from Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Assoc. for Non-violence:
“Your lasting testament will be ‘A profile in judicial courage’ “: (1996)

Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award from The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc.:
“In Recognition for Your Contributions to the Legal Profession, Professional Excellence, Scholarship and Commitment to Social Justice”: (1996)

Outstanding Alumna Award from University of Pittsburgh School of Law: (1993)

Decade of Achievement Award from Women Police of Western Pennsylvania:
Recognized professional accomplishments from 1976 – 1986: (1986)